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Hi everyone. Wanted to show my progress if my tank. I am “duke_of_coral_62” on IG if you havent seen me post here. I started my tank in May of 2018 and I finished the cycle in late June of 2018. I always wanted to do a all SPS system with a mix of LPS so that’s how I attacked this tank. I started this tank 2 years after I broke it down when I moved to Pennsylvania and took a 2 year break I did try and move it which didn’t turn out so well. I got the itch again and restarted it. I got some new equipment which the wife wasn’t to happy with . Now this tank was a challenge for me. There are no LFS anywhere close to me and even fewer hobbyists. I started with all dry rock and no sand bed because I wanted as much flow as my corals could handle. First frags went in the day of Reef a palooza NY I believe 1 day after my cycle was over which everyone thought I was crazy doing but it worked out for me. I started the tank with my old AI sol blue lights with a Aquatic life Hybrid fixture. The AI sols lasted about 3 months before I switched to Radion G4 pros which I am happy I used these. Amazing lights. First few months were challenging, figuring out to make my Ro/DI with well water, having many algae blooms and planaria flatworms. Got all the issues straightened out in a few month and the corals started to take off. I do have a dedicated fish tank room where all my equipment is which makes maintenance a lot easier. I am running a 8” reef octopus calcium reactor as well to keep my levels right where I want them. For flow I have 3 gyres and 2 seaswirls. The tank has now reached the 2 year 4 month mark and is still doing great. Here are some pics of when I first started the tank, in between and now. Hope you enjoy

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Hi everyone. Wanted to show my progress if my tank. I am “duke_of_coral_62” on IG if you havent seen me post here. I started my tank in May of 2018 and I finished the cycle in late June of 2018. I always wanted to do a all SPS system with a mix of LPS so that’s how I attacked this tank. I started this tank 2 years after I broke it down when I moved to Pennsylvania and took a 2 year break I did try and move it which didn’t turn out so well. I got the itch again and restarted it. I got some new equipment which the wife wasn’t to happy with . Now this tank was a challenge for me. There are no LFS anywhere close to me and even fewer hobbyists. I started with all dry rock and no sand bed because I wanted as much flow as my corals could handle. First frags went in the day of Reef a palooza NY I believe 1 day after my cycle was over which everyone thought I was crazy doing but it worked out for me. I started the tank with my old AI sol blue lights with a Aquatic life Hybrid fixture. The AI sols lasted about 3 months before I switched to Radion G4 pros which I am happy I used these. Amazing lights. First few months were challenging, figuring out to make my Ro/DI with well water, having many algae blooms and planaria flatworms. Got all the issues straightened out in a few month and the corals started to take off. I do have a dedicated fish tank room where all my equipment is which makes maintenance a lot easier. I am running a 8” reef octopus calcium reactor as well to keep my levels right where I want them. For flow I have 3 gyres and 2 seaswirls. The tank has now reached the 2 year 4 month mark and is still doing great. Here are some pics of when I first started the tank, in between and now. Hope you enjoy

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Tank ran into some issue the last 3 months. My mistake. Tried running a Kalkwasser reactor to combat my low ph (7.6 night 7.9 day) And the tank did not like it Alk and calcium didn’t swing but something went wrong. Anyway tank seems to be rebounding. Lost a few lps and some STN on 3 colonies but they seem to be healing
 

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Tank is looking great!!
Thank you. Working hard to get that almighty R2R honor of TOTM. One day it will be my precious Until then I have to keep pushing
 

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Thank you. Working hard to get that almighty R2R honor of TOTM. One day it will be my precious Until then I have to keep pushing

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Yes sir, it always surprises me why some tanks don't have more recognition. Your tank definitely deserves it! Following along.

@revhtree can someone get him a badge already?
 
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Yes sir, it always surprises me why some tanks don't have more recognition. Your tank definitely deserves it! Following along.

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Haha thank you.
 
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Couple of more pics. Tanks been doing well. Upgraded a rowa reactor. My 10 year older TLF reactor seen its last days lol. Parameters have been very steady. Also lost my male blue throat. He went flying without a parachute. You can follow me on IG duke_of_coral_62

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